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There are still places available for our next in-person event, which is a return to The School of Historical Dress on Saturday 16th September. @theschoolofhistoricaldress1

We`ll be exploring how original dress and textiles from their collection and elsewhere are used as a primary sources for making informed interpretations for film, theatre, collaborations and events.

Jenny Tiramani will be sharing her extensive knowledge of period textiles and theatre and film costumes, and we`ll view items from the School Collections, including textiles from the renaissance and eighteenth century.

In addition, there will be a guided tour of the current exhibition ‘Blue – stories of wasteless and wasteful clothing told through blue textiles and dress from our collection’.

Why not become and member and join us? There`s no membership fee and we always welcome new members. Link in bio.

Photo courtesy of @timesmith_dress_history

#textilehistory #dresshistory #georgianfashion #18thcenturydress #fashionhistory #costumehistory #costumedesign #textileconservation #filmcostume #theatrecostume

We wanted to share an exciting project that SCCS member Rebecca is undertaking soon at Paxton House. Along with a fellow dress history student, she will be at the house over five days recreating an iconic 18th Century gown of the type that would have been worn by the house`s mistress in the 1770s. ALthough it`s not in our region, this will be an interesting project to follow.

More information available on the Paxton House website. Event runs from 3-7 April. @paxton_house

#costumehistory #dresshistory #fashionhistory #textilehistory #paxtonhouse

Thanks to everyone who joined our online AGM this evening. Lots of great discussion and exciting plans for 2023. Lovely to see everyone’s faces.

#costumehistory #costumedesign #fashionhistory #dresshistory

Wishing all our followers a very Happy New Year! This has to be one of the best fancy dress costumes for tonight`s celebrations, from the collections of Fashion Museum Bath ...

RIP Dame Vivienne Westwood
SCCS is saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Vivienne Westwood. One of our most influential British fashion designers.

Introducing our new logo. We incorporated an art deco motif similar to our first logo from many years ago, combined with motifs taken from four centuries of textile designs. We wanted the new logo to reflect the diverse range of interests across all of our members and a little nod to our history. We hope you like it! #costumehistory #fashionhistory #dresshistory #textilehistory ...

Southern Counties Costume Society wish to express our very great sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

📷 Photograph by Cecil Beaton depicting Queen Elizabeth II on Coronation Day, Buckingham Palace, 1953. V&A Museum, accession number PH.311-1987.

It`s your last chance to book for our friends the @costume_society event this Saturday.
Fancy delving into the wonderful world of menswear this weekend?
Final chance to book tickets for ‘From Combinations to Micro Briefs (via the Antarctic): A Visit to the Wolsey Menswear Archive’ at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland in Wigston. It is happening on Saturday, May 28th between 11 am-1.45 pm.
Wolsey has been producing fine gauge knitwear in Leicester since the 1740s and you will hear about the company and its products from archivist Adam Goodwin and Costume Society Chair Philip Warren. This looks like a fantastic event!

We`re looking forward to our visit to Salisbury Museum on 17th May. As well as looking at the museum`s collection on display, we`ll also have talks from Alison Carter on orientalism and egyptomania, Dr Caroline Ness on promotional designs for British textiles (as in this picture), and a look at the Look Again project run by Katy England at The Salisbury Museum. Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

#egyptomania #orientalism #1940sfashion #1950sfashion #1960sfashion #fashionhistory #costumehistory #dresshistory @carolineness4
Image: British Nylon Spinners, The Ambassador, 3, 1958.
Photograph by C Ness courtesy of Fashion Museum, Bath

For the first time in a very long time, our committee members met at the weekend in person to discuss some exciting plans for the future. We can’t wait to share them with you! You might also spot in the picture some newsletters we looked over going back to the early days of the Society. #fashionhistory #dresshistory #costumehistory ...

Happy May Day. It is a bank holiday weekend here in the UK with many traditional events taking place including Hastings Jack in the Green on the Sussex coast, they`ll be lots of green costumes on display! ...

We`re excited for this evening`s event! There`s still time to book to join us at 7.30pm (BST) for "A Celebration of Royal Fashion".

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Ticket sales close today 5pm BST.

We`ll be joined by two fantastic speakers. Dr Kate Strasdin`s talk is entitled "Inside the Royal Wardrobe - Queen Alexandra`s Approach to Style". Textile conservator Deborah Phipps talk will be on "Royal Fashion", focusing on her work to display HM The Queen’s clothing for exhibition.

Tickets are £7 for SCCS members and £10 for non-members. Ticket sales close on 6th April at 5pm BST.

Book tickets at (or see link in bio)

Photo on right copyright Deborah Phipps. By kind permission of the Royal Collection.

#costumehistory #fashionhistory #textilehistory #dresshistory #queenalexandra #queenelizabeth #queenelizabethii #royalfashion #edwardianfashion #museumlife

Today is international colour day. Before the 1850s, everything was dyed with natural dyes from plants, minerals, insects, molluscs, lichens and fungi.
This fabulous embroidery fragment, c. 1600-25 in the collections at @worthingmuseum shows some of the fabulous colours that can be achieved and how well they last - amazing to think this is 400 years old!
#southerncountiescostumesociety #worthingmuseum #jacobean #jacobeanembroidery #embroidery #seventeenthcentury #floral #colour #internationalcolourday #textileart #seventeenthcenturytextiles #historicfashion


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